“We are here to shape a different future. Today we declare: We are one humanity, with a shared responsibility.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in opening remarks at World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, 23 May ’16
United Nations: Voices from the Frontline
by Alex Thompson-Armstrong | Oct 14, 2015 |
VIDEO: These testimonies from survivors of homophobic and transphobic discrimination and violence were shown to world leaders during the UN General Assembly 2015 at an event on the importance of not leaving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people behind when the Sustainable Development Goals are being implemented.
“Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need”
Mary Baker Eddy
(Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, p. 494)
A prayerful stand against oppression
From the November 29, 2004 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
In today’s world, oppression, tyranny, and ruthlessness are all too evident. From Burma to Sudan to Somalia, cruel regimes rule the lives of millions of people. And in some cases, the oppression seems endless—filling lives with despair.
However, oppression is not, cannot be, forever. Over the past century, men and women around the world have fought—and even died for—freedom from repression. Yet there’s an even higher battlefield, a spiritual one, where prayer can be a powerful weapon in the elimination of oppressive thought.
The Bible shows that Jesus understood well the manipulative nature of oppressive thought. He knew how to stand against it—he paid heed only to his Father, God. And in what may have been some of the most trying moments of his life, Jesus stood on the authority of God. When appearing in front of the powerful Roman administrator Pilate, he boldly spoke these words: “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above” (John 19:11). Events of the next hours appeared to contradict those words, as Jesus endured public derision, beating, and finally crucifixion. But within three days, he offered proof of his unity with God. He rose from the dead, and then ascended.
When anyone understands and applies this truth, spiritual thinking gains ascendancy over material thinking and fear. The rightness and justice of God’s ideas become apparent. And the moral courage to stand, and act according to divine justice, inevitably overcomes the quest for dominance by those who attempt to enslave and oppress.
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of the Science of Christianity, wrote: “Whatever enslaves man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes man free” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 225). Every man and woman on this planet can take those words to heart. The desire to enslave and dominate must eventually be crushed as divine Principle—God—takes root in human thought, thus shattering the illusions of tyranny and oppression.